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Johnson says ‘no repentance’ for Putin as Finland seeks Nato membership

UK prime minister Boris Johnson has pressured that there could be no return to a “regular” relationship with the Kremlin because the invasion of Ukraine continues to wreak devastation.

His remarks come as Finland, a nation that shares an over 800 mile frontier with Russia, has introduced its plans to affix Nato.

Quizzed by LBC Radio earlier right this moment over whether or not Vladimir Putin could possibly be obtained on worldwide stage if he had been to precise or display contrition for the battle, Johnson stated: “Repentance goes to be very troublesome for Vladimir Putin now … nothing is unimaginable, I suppose, however I simply can’t see for the lifetime of me how we will renormalise relations with Putin now.”

“The world mainly stated, that is appalling,” he stated in reference to the 2014 annexation of Crimea, occurring:” We condemn it, we denounce it — and we did. And we placed on sanctions. However on the identical time, we type of opened negotiations with him a few method ahead.”


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“And Putin mainly used that as a method of twisting the knife in Ukraine,” he went on.”

He stated that: “If the Ukrainians had been to do any type of cope with Putin now, the danger is that he would do precisely the identical factor they usually understand it. So the brief reply isn’t any. No renormalisation and the UK may be very clear about that.”

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“Finland should apply for Nato membership directly,” Finnish president Sauli Niinisto and prime minister Sanna Marin stated in a joint assertion yesterday night. “We hope that the nationwide steps nonetheless wanted to make this determination can be taken quickly throughout the subsequent few days.”

There are additionally experiences Sweden might apply to affix the treaty organisation.

The 2 nations strikes towards the defence pact comply with a ramping up of cooperation with Nato since Russia’s 2014 invasion of Crimea, and mark a profound shift in coverage.